5th Conference of the International MS Cognition Society

June 23-24, 2016
New York Academy of Sciences

Aim of the conference

The target audience for the conference includes neurologists, neuroradiologists, psychologists, nursing professionals, rehabilitation specialists, neuropsychologists, mental health professionals, and all related healthcare professionals. The conference aims to increase participant knowledge in relation to diagnosis and treatment of cognitive impairment in MS and to address quality of life issues common to those with MS who experience cognitive impairment.

John DeLuca, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Research at Kessler Foundation and Chair of the IMSCOGS Conference Organizing Committee, said "IMSCOGS prides itself on its conferences, which are an excellent forum for current research and innovation in MS cognition and provide a supportive educational experience for young researchers. Poster and platform presentations are a key component of our annual conferences and we look forward to the submissions, which will certainly reflect the excellent quality of current research on cognition in MS."

The 5th Annual Meeting of the International MS Cognition Society (IMSCOGS) will take place at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York, New York on June 23-24, 2016. The headquarters hotel for the meeting is the New York Marriott Downtown.

Program Highlights: 

  • Complimentary registration;
  • Full day program Thursday, half day program Friday;
  • Meet the Professor Dinner and Lecture Thursday night at the Downtown Marriott;
  • Breakfast, luncheon and breaks included. 
  • Accredited program with new and valuable information for clinicians, scientists, and the MS team

CONFERENCE AGENDA

7:30-8:30
Breakfast and Registration
8:30-8:45
Opening Remarks/Welcome
Ralph Benedict, PhD, President, IMSCOGS
John DeLuca, PhD, Conference Chair

Session 1 – ASSESSMENT

Chairs
Bruno Brochet, MD, Bordeaux, FR
Iris-Katherina Penner, PhD, Dusseldorf, GER
8:45-9:15
Assessment of Cognition in MS
Ralph Benedict, PhD, Buffalo, USA
9:15-9:45
BICAMS in MS
Dawn Langdon, PhD, London, UK
9:45-10:00
BICAMS in daily clinical practice: Results of the German BICAMS feasibility study
Filser, M., Lassek, C., Penner, I.K
(Invited Platform)
10:00-10:15
Cognitive profiles of patients with Clinically Isolated Syndrome
Chavarro, V.S., Finke, C., Freitag, E., Behrens, J., Ruprecht, K., Bellmann-Strobl, Brandt, A.U.,Paul, F.
(Invited Platform)
10:15-10:30
Long-term prognosis in Multiple Sclerosis – A 25 year follow-up
Celius, E.G., Sletvold, H., Landro, N.I.
(Invited Platform)
10:30-10:40
Questions and Answers
10:40-10:50
Break

Session 2 – COGNITION AND THE BRAIN IN MS

Chairs
Ralph Benedict, PhD, Buffalo, USA
Alan Thompson, MD, London, UK
10:50-11:20
Structural Imaging and Cognition in MS
Jeroen Geurts, PhD, Amsterdam, NL
11:20-11:50
Functional Imaging and Cognition in MS
Mara Rocca, MD, Milan, IT
11:50-12:05
Hippocampal microstructural damage and memory impairment in multiple sclerosis: A translational study from animal models to CIS and MS patients
Brochet, B., Planche, V., Ruet, A., Coupe, P., Hamel, D., Deloire, M., Munsch, F., Saubusse, A., Charre-Morin, J., Dousset, V., Tourdias, T.
(Invited Platform)
12:05-12:20
Default-mode and fronto-parietal network dysfunction in cognitively impaired MS patients
Meijer, K.A., Eijers, A.J.C., Uitdehaag, B.M.J., Barkhof, F., Geurts, J.J.G., Schoonheim, M.M.
(Invited Platform)
12:20-12:30
Questions and Answers
12:30-1:30
Lunch

Session 3 – INTERVENTIONS FOR COGNITION IN MS

Chairs
Paivi Hamalainen, PhD, Masku, FIN
Sten Fredrikson, MD, Stockholm, SE
1:30-1:45
Cognitive Rehabilitation in MS – Behavior
Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, West Orange, USA
1:45-2:00
Cognitive Rehabilitation in MS – Imaging
Iris-Katherina Penner, PhD, Dusseldorf, GER
2:00-2:15
Exercise and Cognition in MS
Robert W. Motl, PhD, Urbana-Champaign, USA
2:15-2:30
Medication and Cognition in MS
Lauren Krupp, MD, New York, USA
2:30-2:45
Systematically-developed pilot randomized controlled trial of exercise and cognition in persons with multiple sclerosis
Sandroff, B.M., Balto, J.,M., Klaren, R.E., Sommer, S.K., DeLuca, J., Motl, R.W.
(Invited Platform)
2:45-3:00
Focal gray matter preservation is associated with improved PASAT scores in MS patients treated with estriol
Kurth, F., Wang, H-J., Voskuhl, R., Mackenzie-Graham
(Invited Platform)
3:00-3:15
Questions and Answers
3:15-3:30
Break

Session 4 – PEDIATRIC MS

Chairs
Monica Falautano, PhD, Milan, IT
John DeLuca, PhD, West Orange, NJ, USA
3:30-4:00
Cognitive and Behavioral issues in Pediatric MS
Maria Pia Amato, MD, Florence, IT
4:00-4:30
Imaging and Cognition in Pediatric MS
Christine Till, PhD, Toronto, CAN
4:30-4:45
Age of disease onset and baseline IQ are significant predictors of maturational trajectory in Symbol Digit Modalities Test performance in pediatric MS
Akbar, N., Signori, A., Amato, M.P., Sormani, M.P., Portaccio, E., Niccolai, C., Goretti, B., Till, C., Banwell, B.
(Invited Platform)
4:45-5:00
Questions and Answers

Evening Session

6:30PM –
Meet the Professor Dinner: Cannabis and Cognition
Anthony Feinstein, MD, Toronto, CAN
New York Marriott Downtown

Session 5 – EVERYDAY FUNCTIONAL ACTIVITY

Chairs
John DeLuca, PhD, West Orange, NJ, USA
Paul Friedemann, MD, Berlin, GER
9:00-9:20
Employment and Cognition in MS
Lauren Strober, PhD, West Orange, NJ, USA
9:20-9:40
Cognition and Everyday functional activity in MS
Yael Goverover, PhD, New York, USA
9:40-10:00
Confounding Factors in Cognition and MS
Peter Arnett, PhD, Penn State University, USA
10:00-10:15
Social cognition and cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis
Brochet, B., Dulau,C., Deloire, M., Diaz, H., Saubusse, A.,Charre-Morin, J.
(Invited Platform)
10:15-10:30
Age and disability drive cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis independent of disease subtype: Insights from an Italian multicenter study
Ruano, L., Portaccio, E., Goretti, B., Niccolai, C., Patti, F., Cilia, S., Gallo, P., Grassi, P., Ghezzi, A., Roscio, M., Mattioli, F., Stampatori, C., Trojano, M., Viterbo, R.G., Amato, M.P.
(Invited Platform)
10:30-10:45
Questions and Answers
10:45-11:00
Break

Session 6 – ISSUES IN PROGRESSIVE MS AND COGNITION

Chairs
Fred Foley, New York, USA
Dawn Langdon, PhD, London, UK
11:00-11:20
Rehabilitation in Progressive MS
Alan Thompson, MD, London, UK
11:20-11:40
Cognitive Impairment in Primary Progressive MS
Aurelie Ruet, PhD, Bordeaux, FR
11:40-12:00
Cognitive Rehabilitation in Progressive MS: A preliminary analysis
John DeLuca, PhD, West Orange, NJ, USA
12:00-12:15
Questions and Answers
12:15
Closing Remarks
12:30
ADJOURN
A box lunch will be provided for all attendees

5th annual IMSCOGS meeting - New York 2016



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